Fair E-tales

Having taken on the Waukesha County Fair, intrepid Lake Country Publications/NOW reporter Megan Sukovich now takes us on the tilt-a-whirlwind adventure that is the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair.

Take a trip down memory lane


In case you missed the Wisconsin State Fair History Exhibit “Through All the Years” here is a shortened version with some fun facts! The exhibit will be open all day tomorrow and is located in the south end of the Expo Center. After viewing the retro displays, take a short Fair history quiz for the chance to win a Fair prize!

  • The Dairy Cattle Barn was built in 1907, making it the oldest building at the Wisconsin State Fair. The Cream Puff Pavilion comes in second, which was constructed in 1909.
  • The very first Wisconsin State Fair was held in Janesville in 1851. Approximately 13,000 to 18,000 Wisconsinites attended the fair.
  • Spin City is a younger fair feature, making its debut in 2012 with 50 rides and attractions.
  • When the fair opened at its present location in 1892, admission to the State Fair cost 50 cents for adults and 10 cents for children.
  • In the early 1900’s, fairgoers wore their Sunday best to the fair. Clad in suits and dresses, families could stop by a photography studio for portraits and could purchase a tintype photograph before leaving the park.  
  • The recognizable Wisconsin State Fair logo was first introduced in 1972. The logo is made up of six elements and each element is an abstract letter “W” for Wisconsin. The elements represent the six major areas of interest at the fair: agriculture, industry, commerce, government, sports, and entertainment. 

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